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Friday, September 17, 2021

Cutest Halloween, Kid Friendly Halloween Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I ran across this card on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to make because I knew I could use a lot of scraps to make it. I did click through the link but I wasn't able to get any info on the card without registering. Anyway, here is how I made this card.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock for the layer and for the focal piece, I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic White card stock.  You could cut the piece smaller for the top and then be really careful about adding the Designer Series Paper (DSP) but I opted to just use the whole piece and tape the DSP on as I went.

The DSP is from the "Cute Halloween" 6" x 6" stack. There's lots of pieces of scrap in my package and I was more than happy to use them!

Now going from the left to the right, I cut the ghost piece at 2" x 2" and the other three were cut at 2" x 1". I taped the pieces in place on the bottom of the Basic White piece.

Then I punched out the characters. The ghost, pumpkin and cat are all in the matching punch. Or you can fussy cut them, they don't have a lot of tight curved edges so it's easy enough to cut.  I set them on top of the focal piece so I could see where the words would go.

The words are from the "Cutest Halloween" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.

There was a scrap piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock so I used that for the strip on the card at the top of the DSP edge.

Then the characters were added. The ghost was first, I just glued him in place. Then the other two were set in place using Dimensionals. 

I didn't have any of the elements that were on the original card but I did have some leftover star sequins from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.

The focal panel was taped (or glued) to the Gorgeous Grape piece and then that piece was glued or taped to the card base. And that was it!

This was a very fun and easy card to make. Plus a bonus, you get to use scraps!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this kid friendly Halloween card,
Wanda

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Cutest Halloween, Halloween Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found today's card on Pinterest. I just loved all of the elements of this card, the pumpkins, the candy corn and the Designer Series Paper (DSP). You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. 

The Pumpkin Pie layer was cut at 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" and the DSP on top of it was cut at5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  I taped the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie piece.

The focal piece is a 2-3/4" x 3-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock.  

I punched out three pumpkins from one of the sheets of DSP from the "Cute Halloween" 6" x 6" stack. I love it that I didn't have to fussy cut but the edges on these pumpkins was pretty smooth so fussy cutting wouldn't make me whine too much!! LOL

I set the pumpkins on the side of the Basic White focal piece so I could see where the words would go.

The words are from the "Cutest Halloween" set and were stamped using Granny Apple Green ink. Then I stamped the candy corn from the same set using Pumpkin Pie ink. 

I cut a 2-7/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and a 3" x 3-1/2" piece of Basic Black card stock for the layers. I taped the Pumpkin Pie layer to the Basic Black layer and then I taped the Basic White layer on top. The pumpkins were then set in place using Dimensionals. Dimensionals were also added to the back of the piece.

I took the Pumpkin Pie piece with the DSP taped to it and wrapped some black gingham ribbon around it. I cut my piece of ribbon 6" and taped the ends on the backside. Then the piece was taped to the Basic Black card base.

The focal piece was added and the end of the ribbon (still on the spool) was slipped under the taped ribbon and a bow was tied and the ends were trimmed. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock was added to the inside of the card and the card was done.

It's such a bright and cheery Halloween card. I've made several Halloween cards and now it's getting difficult to pick which ones I want to keep for the grandkids.  This might be one of them!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by to see today's Halloween card,
Wanda

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Frightfully Cute, Cute Halloween, Halloween Treat Bag, Weekend Project

Today I thought I'd make a Halloween treat bag. I am going to need to make two but I don't want to make them the same. I have some time before Halloween to figure out what I'm going to do for the second bag. 

I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" "Cute Halloween" stack. You will need a full 6" x 6" sheet.  I scored the DSP at 1", 2-7/8", 3-7/8" and 5-3/4".  You turn the paper clockwise and score at 1" and 5-1/2". 

Fold all score line using a bone folder.  The top score folds down to there is a contrasting edge.  You can fold it inside but it looks better folded down in front.  And you can glue it down if you want. I only glued the ends. I wasn't sure if I was going to need to slip a layer under it or not. 

You do need to clip the bottom scores up to the 1" mark.  There will be a little 1" x 1/4" piece hanging there. Snip it off, you don't need it. Now to put the bag together, I prefer to glue the seams. Tape doesn't seem to hold as well. It doesn't take long for the glue to set up. Use your bone folder to press the glue into the paper and let it set for a minute and it's ready to go.  I glued the side seam first and then the bottom flaps.  And that was it.  Now you can decorate as desired!!!  

I used a die from the "Ornate Frames" dies.  These have been around for a little while so I'm guessing they will be retiring when the next yearly catalog comes out. So I'm going to try to get some use out of them before that happens.  It worked perfectly here. It fit nice in the open space plus it left me room for words. I die cut mine using Fresh Freesia card stock. I glued it in place on the front of the bag.

I punched out the pumpkin, ghost and cat face from some DSP in the same "Cute Halloween" package. I added Dimensionals to the back of each one and set them in place on the ornate frame.

The words are from the "Frightfully Cute" stamp set and were stamped using black Memento ink on Basic White card stock.  I used my "Modern Label" punch to punch them out and I snipped the ends to make it fit. Oh, also with the words, they read "Happy Halloween to You" but I masked off the "to you" so the words would fit on the bag. I added Dimensionals to the back of the word piece.  For those of you who don't have that punch, the word piece measures 3/8" x 5-1/5".  

I added the cute images and then the words.  I had some orange ribbon and I tied a bow and glued it to the top edge of the bag and the bag was done.  How cute is this?  You can also pinch the sides of the bag at the top if you want or you can punch holes and add ribbon for handles. You can also just staple the bag shut too!

This was a very fun project. I LOVE Halloween bags and these characters are so darn cute. Just perfect for little kids. Not scary at all. Just fun and friendly!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's Halloween bag,
Wanda 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Color & Contour, Peaceful Moments, Thinking of You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm still working with my stamp sets to see if I can make some of the spring flowery cards into fall cards. So far I've been pretty successful.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. The sheet was cut in half on the short side so this card measured 4-1/4" x 11" before it was folded in half.

I stamped the flower from the "Color & Contour" set using black Memento ink. Then I cut it using the coordinating die.

The flowers were colored using the light Daffodil Delight Blends pen and then the light and dark Pumpkin Pie Blends pens were used to color them in even more.

The stems were colored using both light and dark Mossy Meadow Blends pens. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside.

I took the scalloped die from the set and cut the bottom of the front of the card. about 1" was cut off from the front bottom edge.

I cut a 4-1/4" x 1-3/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals 6" x 6" stack. I taped it to the bottom of the inside of the card. 

I set the flower on the front to see where the words would go and then I set them aside again. I stamped the words from the "Peaceful Moments" set using black Memento ink.

Once again I set the flower on the front of the card to see where the dots should go. The dots are from the "Color & Contour" set and were stamped using Gray Granite ink that was stamped off once. I did that three times over the area where the flower would be going.

The flower was set in place and the card was done.

This is a quick and easy card to make. And I was glad I could make this flower into a fall looking one too!  YAY for versatility!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this quick, easy and versatile card,
Wanda


Monday, September 13, 2021

Blossoms in Bloom, Fine Art Floral, Thinking of You Card, Stampin' Up!

I was hunting for a card that would allow me to use up some Designer Series Paper (DSP) scrap strips and this is what I came up with. You can see the original card here. I changed the words and paper.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top. The sheet of card stock was cut in half on the short side so it measured 4-1/4" x 11" before folding in half.

I had a 2" x 5-1/2" strip of DSP from the "Fine Art Floral" package and I taped it to a 2-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Bumblebee card stock. The original card used gold foil card stock. I didn't have enough on hand to do this so I opted for colored card stock instead.  It would also look pretty using Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue or even Mossy Meadow. I taped the DSP to the Bumblebee strip and then I glued it in place on the front of the card about 5/8" from the left side.

The words are from the "Blossoms in Bloom" set and were stamped on a piece of Basic White card stock using Mossy Meadow ink. I die cut them with the single wider rectangle die in the "Rectangle Stitched" dies. For those of you who don't have the dies, this piece measures 1-1/4" x 1-5/8".  And the Bumblebee layer was cut at 1-1/2" x 1-7/8".  The two layers were taped together and Dimensionals were added to the back and set in place on the card and the card was done.

This is a quick and easy no frills card but you can sure get rid of a lot of your strips of DSP. Just measure how thin your strips are and make your layer 1/4" wider and tape them together. You can whip up a lot of cards in no time and think of all the scraps or even just retired pieces of DSP you can use up!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this quick and easy card,
Wanda

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, So Many Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found the most adorable card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here as I did change a few things due to products on hand. 

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. 

The Soft Sea Foam layer is 4" x 5-1/4".

Then the Designer Series Papers (DPS) from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package measure 2-1/2" x 5" and 1" x 5".  The trees are the backside of the green dashes. The DSP was taped to the Soft Sea Foam piece on the card base.

I used the retired stitched square to make the Basic White focal piece. It measures 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" for those of you who don't have the dies and just need to cut the piece.   And the Soft Sea Foam square measures 3" x 3".

Using the "Penguin Place" set I took out the snow line image and I stamped it across the focal piece using Soft Sea Foam ink. I also stamped it again just behind the fox.

Next the trees from the same set were stamped using Just Jade ink. I stamped once and then without inking, I stamped two more times. On the left the are light, darker and darkest. On the right the are darker, darkest and then the light one. It shows up much better in person. 

The clouds were stenciled in. I do not have the cloud stencil so I just took a piece of card stock and cut some fluffy looking bumps in it and stenciled away using a blending brush and Balmy Blue ink.  The Basic White square was taped to the Soft Sea Foam square and then the piece was taped to the front of the card. I tried to line up the sides of the square with the sides of the DSP.

The words are from the same "Penguin Place" set and were stamped using Just Jade ink.

Then the fox was fussy cut from a piece of the DSP in the package. He was set in place using a few Dimensionals.  

I didn't have the same snowflakes that were used on the original card but I did have snowflakes from the "So Many Snowflakes" dies and I made them work. The were set in place using small Dimensionals.

The centers of the snowflakes have colored rhinestones, they were colored with the dark Mossy Meadow Blends pen because I didn't have the Just Jade Blends pen.  It goes well enough with the card to pass! And that was it!  Isn't it adorable?

This was a very fun card to make and the fox was not at all difficult to fussy cut out. I just love the look of this card. I don't know what it is about it but the moment I saw it I just had to make it.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see today's Christmas card,
Wanda

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Penguin Place, Mountain Air, Banner Year, Christmas Gift Tag

I was thinking about how nice the weather has been the past week. It's no longer super hot here in Minnesota. It's in the upper 70's and sometimes into the 80's but at least it's not the super hot stuff we've had most of the summer.  And I was thinking of winter being just a few months away as well as Christmas. Christmas made me think of making some Christmas gift tags this year since I have some time and found a cute and fun one to make. Now I need to decide on how many I'm going to make and I try not to think that they will just get thrown away after the package is open!

I found this tag on Pinterest but I did have to make a few changes. You can see the original tag here

The base of the tag is a 2" x 5" piece of thick Basic White card stock. I punched the top using the "Scalloped Tag" punch. I didn't have the tag dies that were used on the original card but I made this punch work!

I didn't have the tree that was used on the original card but I did have a tree die from the "Mountain Air" bundle so I used that on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock. I did have to cut the tree down a bit, it was a pretty tall tree.

I stamped the tag using the snowflake images from the "Penguin Place" set using Fresh Freesia ink. I colored over the larger snowflakes using my Wink of Stella pen.  Did you notice it's been a few days since I've used it?  LOL

I fussy cut the penguin from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside. 

There was a tiny bird on the piece of DSP that I cut the penguin from and I fussy cut it too. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, I just new I didn't want to put it in recycling just yet. 

I put some Tombow Mono glue down on a piece of waxed paper and I set the tree on top to get some glue on it so it would stick to the tag. I set the tree in place about 1/2" up from the bottom. My tree measured 2-1/2" long after cutting it.

Now I knew where I was going to stamp the to and from. They are from the "Banner Year" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. Do you see the white showing around the black part of the penguin?  I did not use my black marker around him as I had done in the past. Do you see what a difference it makes? And do you see what a poor job I did cutting him out? Had I used the marker around the edges you would have thought I was SO great at fussy cutting. But I'm not and here's proof!  LOL

The penguin was added and then I thought I should use that cute little bird I fussy cut, so I glued it in place on the tag.

I took a 5" piece of Fresh Freesia ribbon and slipped it through the opening on the top of the tag. Then I took some white Baker's Twine and tied it around the ribbon. And that was it. A super quick and cute Christmas gift tag! And with room to write names large enough for people to read. Some of those store  bought tags don't leave a lot of room to write a name that is longer than 4 letters!

This was very fun to make and now I'm off to fussy cut a bunch of Penguins while I watch a movie. It doesn't seem like such a chore when I'm doing it in front of the tv.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this sweet Christmas tag,
Wanda


Friday, September 10, 2021

Penguin Place, Hershey Bar Sleeve or Wrapper, Christmas Stocking Stuffers, Weekend Project

I have not made a Hershey bar wrapper/sleeve in a while. I like making them because they are quick and easy to make, fun and are great to give away.

All you need is a 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece of card stock. You do want to use card stock because you need something with a bit more substance to it than copier paper.  Though copier paper will work, just not as well. And the words will show through from the Hershey bar. I used Soft Sea Foam for the base of the sleeve.

I scored the piece on the short side at 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 3-3/4" and 4". Fold all of the score lines in. On the back I glued the inside edge of one side and the outside edge of the other side and I joined them around my candy bar. I needed to make sure I didn't glue the pieces too far in so the candy bar wouldn't slide in. It's just best to include the candy bar in this step. I removed the candy bar and took my bone folder and burnished the inside to help the glue set.

I slipped the candy bar back in so the piece was more solid to work on.

I cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) 12" x 12"  "Penguin Playmates" package. This piece measured 2" x 5-1/4". The layer behind it is a 2-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Soft Succulent card stock. I glued the DSP to the card stock and then glued it all to the front of the sleeve.

I fussy cut the cute penguin from the "Penguin Playmates" DSP. I die cut a1-7/8" Basic White circle and a Soft Succulent scalloped circle for the layer behind it.  I stamped the snowflakes from the "Penguin Place set using Soft Succulent ink that was stamped off once. Then I glued those two circles together. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside.

The words are from the same "Penguin Place" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using black Memento ink. Then I die cut them using the 1-1/16" circle die (the smallest die in the pack of circle dies) and then I die cut a Soft Succulent scalloped circle for the layer. I glued the words to the scalloped circle. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside. 

I set the penguin on a piece of scrap copier paper and I took my Basic Black marker and I traced around the black areas of it. I didn't do a great job of fussy cutting, there was some light colors showing but tracing around the little fellow like that makes the edges all dark and it looks like you are the most accurate fussy cutter around!!  I could have done it for the feet and hat but I didn't have a Fresh Freesia marker and I didn't think the feet were too bad. They are but I'm pretending they aren't! LOL

I set the top circle in place and then I added the penguin.

The word piece was added and the sleeve was done.

See, it's very quick and easy to make. These make great gift for teachers to give to their students. Plus you can't go wrong with a penguin or snowman, it just lets you think of winter and not Christmas. They make excellent stocking stuffers and great little gifts for the mail carrier, USP driver, etc.  

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this fun candy bar wrapper/sleeve,
Wanda


Thursday, September 09, 2021

Banner Year, Halloween Card, Kid Friendly Halloween Card, Stampin' Up!

I totally forgot about this gem of a set. It's got all of the holidays covered!  I saw this card on Pinterest and knew I had the set. So I got it out and played with it.  There's a cute little stocking cap in it that just might go well on one of those cute penguins!!!  I'll have to check that out! You can see the original card here

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  This card was so quick and easy to make that I made three of them. Now I'm set for Halloween cards this year!

I stamped the spider webs first using Smoky Slate ink.

Then I stamped the pumpkin faces using black Memento ink.

The bats were added next using black Memento ink.

The "Boo!" was added using Gorgeous Grape. I thought it was a bit too dark so on the other two cards I made, I used Highland Heather. The center one was stamped using Granny Apple Green and the bottom one was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.

There's a set of three dots in the set. They are actually the berries that go with the holly but they worked here too. They kind of look like little bugs with eyes. I used my markers to color them. I used Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green. That was the part of the card I didn't like doing. I am not a big fan of coloring on my stamps with markers and having to do three colors and hope the don't bead up too much, even with huffing on them you don't get the nice solid color.  But it's still cute the way it is.

The last thing I did was I inked up my blending brush and scrubbed in some Pumpkin Pie ink. I went lightly over the card because I didn't want it very dark. I got just the right amount on the card.

This was a fun card to make, except for those little dots but maybe if I only made one card I probably wouldn't have complained. But then again, I always complain about some aspect of a card I make!! LOL

Thank you SO very much for stopping by today to see this sweet kid friendly Halloween card,
Wanda

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Forever Fern, Peaceful Moments, Thank You Card

Today I needed to get a thank you card out in the mail. It was long overdue.  I had a lot of things going on and it's really no excuse to not to take the time to get this card out. A sweet friend of mine had helped me remove the wallpaper in my downstairs bathroom. It was not as bad as I thought it would be because the walls had been sized but it still was not a fun job. With the two of us it went rather quickly.  Fortunately it's a small bathroom and one of the sides was the shower with no paper in there!  I did not take any before photos. The paper was peeling, which is common in a bathroom where the shower is run almost every day. The paper had been up for about 20 years.  Maybe a bit less but not much. I don't like change so I don't change the colors of my rooms much at all. Anyway, I was meaning to send her a thank you card and I kept putting it off. So today I decided I would put one together for her and here's what I came up with.

I'm using the "Forever Fern" set again and using colors leaning more towards fall than spring or summer. I gotta keep these sets versatile! 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and textured it with the "Ornate Floral" embossing folder. I glued this piece to the front of the card.

Then I die cut the lacy frame from the "Ornate Layers" dies. I took a scrap piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "You're a Peach" 12" x 12" package and I cut it at 1-1/8" x 4-1/8".  I glued it to the lacy piece.  Dimensionals were added to the back of the piece and it was set onto the front of the card, lining it up on the left, top and bottom.

I stamped the leaves using Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz inks. Then I die cut the pieces.

I started with the left Cherry Cobbler piece. You may want to add the Wink of Stella before you continue. I didn't add it until the card was done and it was a little difficult to reach some of the leaves. I glued this leaf in place over the DSP. Then I added the darker Mossy Meadow one in the background. I glued it in place. The center leaves were added next. They were set in place using a combination of glue on the left and Dimensionals on the right. But before pressing it down on the right I glued the other Cherry Cobbler leaves in place. The Old Olive wider leaves were set in place with glue on the left and a couple of Dimenisonals on the right. And the smaller Pear Pizzazz leaves were glued in place.

The words are from the "Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink. I die cut them with the "Stitched Rectangles" dies. I cut a 1-1/4" x 2-5/8" piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock. I glued the stamped piece to the Cherry Cobbler piece. Then it was set in place on the card using glue on the left and a few Dimensionals on the right.  And the card was done.  Now to write in it and get it out in the mail!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's thank you card,
Wanda

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Forever Fern, Friendship Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I was also in need of a friendship card. I just wanted a card to pop in the mail to say hello and since the "Forever Fern" set was still sitting out (like I put things back right away!!!) I thought I'd see if I can another card in the fall looking theme. 

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.

The layer is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Cajun Craze. Before I taped it to the front of the card, I die cut a circle from the center. My circle measured 2-1/8".  I had cut a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic White and taped it to the Cajun Craze card stock and then taped those two pieces to the card base.

The words are from the same "Forever Fern" set and were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I die cut them with the second largest "Stitched Circle" retired dies. That circle measures 1-7/8".  The circles were taped together and Dimensionals were added to the back.

I stamped the rounded leaves using Cajun Craze ink. I stamped and die cut two of them. I also colored them using my Wink of Stella pen. It picked up the ink and smeared it around the leaf creating a soft looking effect.

The other leaves were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink and were die cut.

I set the word piece on the card for placement of the leaves. I moved the leaves around the circle until I thought it looked best. I removed the word piece and glued down the leaves.

Then the word piece was added and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. It was fun and I especially love how the Wink of Stalla pen changes the looks of the leaves. Plus it gives it a bit of a sparkle too!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see my friendship card,
Wanda

Monday, September 06, 2021

Forever Fern, Peaceful Moments, Thinking of You Card

I am in need of a "Thinking of You" card and one of my favorite sets is the "Forever Fern" bundle. I have made a number of cards using it.  I wanted to make a fall looking card with the set. I need to keep it going as a versatile set. I do remember making a Christmas card with this set so I knew I could use it year round. I ended up making two from a card I saw on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I messed up and forgot the background strip and I made a second card and I think I like the looks of both of them. Hard to decide my favorite. 

The base of both cards is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card was cut in half on the short 8-1/2" side so it measured 4-1/4" x 11" before it was folded in half at 5-1/2".

I stamped and die cut the images from the "Forever Fern" set using Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks.  

The words are from the "Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink and die cut using the Stitched Rectangle die. I also die cut a Cajun Craze card stock rectangle too.  If you don't have the rectangle dies you can cut the pieces 1" x 2-3/8".  I glued those two pieces together leaving an 1/8" border on the bottom and right side. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside.

I set the leaves in place using glue. I started with the taller Mossy Meadow one in the back and then added the Cajun craze one on the left. Then the Pumpkin Pie one was added. The Old Olive wider leafed one was added last. There's two of them. The words were just set on to see where the bottom one would go. Then the bottom leaves were set in place and then the words on top.

For the second card, I added a textured strip of card stock to the center. Of course I cut my card stock before texturing it and it came up a bit short so I had to trim the bottom a bit more to balance it out. I should have left it, textured it and then cut it.  But it is what it is and it still looks okay.

I really like the words on these cards. They just seem to say it all.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's "Thinking of You" card,
Wanda

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Penguin Place, Snowman Season, Penguin Playmates, Gift Card Holder, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up!

With all of the stuff still sitting out from yesterday's card, I thought I'd use up some more scraps of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and make a gift card holder. You know, for those who are difficult to buy for or for those who'd rather shop for themselves. I love gift cards!! You always get the right size, color, etc.!!!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card opens from the bottom and the fold is on the top. 

The Soft Sea Foam piece was textured using the "Wintry" embossing folder package. There's two half folders in the package.  I just can't be without a snowflake background folder!  The card stock was cut at 5-1/2" x 3-1/2".

The DSP behind it only needs to measures 1".  Mine is a bit wider because it's scrap and didn't need to be more than 1". But I wasn't going to spend any time cutting it because the rest would be garbage so I just glued it all in place.  After I glue an item, I put my pieces under my stamping mat and work on another part of the card. This helps keep the card flat while the glue is setting up.  I use the Tombow Mono glue. I have a love/hate relationship with that glue. I love that you can work with it for a little bit before it starts to set up, so you can wiggle your piece around a bit and get it lined up.  The hate part is when I get it on my fingers, it doesn't like to come off easily.  But I think I love it more than I hate it because I use it all the time.  And trust me, I have several types of glue in my workroom. Once the DSP was glued down I only glued the two side edges and the bottom edge.  You need to leave the top open for the gift card holder.


For the gift card holder, the piece was cut at 6" x 4" and folded in half to measure 3" x 4".  I took my Modern Label punch and put the piece in all the way inside the punch and punched the piece out. I also had to move the punch about 1/8" to the right and punch again and 1/8" to the left and punch again. I needed the opening just a little bit wider. You'll know if you need to do that by the size of your gift card.  The gift card will be slipped into that slot on the inside of this little card. This is also the front of the card.

Next I cut a 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock and the DSP measures 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" and was taped to the Soft Sea Foam piece.  Dimenisonals were added only to the sides of this piece. You want to make sure you don't put any in the middle or the gift card holder won't slide in. This piece was then set in place on the small holder.

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped using Just Jade ink. I went ahead and used Just Jade card stock for the second circle. The circles measure 1-5/8" and 1-7/8".  I glued the two circles together and set them aside.

The penguin is from the "Penguin Place" set and punch. I punched out the black piece and the white piece. The feet were stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink on Pumpkin Pie card stock and were then punched out. I glued the white piece to the black piece and set it aside. 

The scarf was stamped using Fresh Freesia ink and was fussy cut out. It was glued to the penguin. And then the eyes were stamped on. There's a two dot eye stamp in the set. Dimensionals were added behind the penguin.

I set the word circle on the DSP to see where I liked it best. I was going to move it more to the left but pushing it over a bit looked so much better. I glued it in place and then I set the penguin in place.  

Slip the little card in the slot created behind the embossed Soft Sea Foam piece and the card is done. 

Such a fun gift card holder, huh?  And SO easy to make too!  You can even write something on the inside of the little holder part!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this easy gift card holder,
Wanda

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Snowman Season, Penguin Playmates, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today's card is a super simple one that allows you to have some fun with scraps of Designer Series Paper (DSP).

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

The DSP is from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package and measures 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".

The Soft Sea Foam card stock was textured using the snowflake folder from the "Wintry" embossing folder package. The piece was cut 4" x 5-1/4".  The DSP strip was glued on top of it. I was planning on gluing it to the left side but I had the card upside down and quickly removed the strip and turned it around. I was able to save the strip but still had to keep it on the right side because of the sticky glue all over the card stock.  Right or left it will still look great.

Then I cut a piece of Basic White card stock to measure 3" x 4".  The Soft Sea Foam on top if it measures 2-3/4" x 3-3/4". And the DSP measures 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".  I glued all three of those pieces together. Dimensionals were added to the back of the piece and it was set on top of the front of the card.

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped using Just Jade ink and then die cut using the 1-5/8" circle die. The layer was die cut using the 1-7/8" circle die on Just Jade card stock. I probably should have used Soft Sea Foam because that center piece just jumps out at you! Well, the Dimensionals behind it contribute to that too!  LOL  I added a bow and the card was done.

This is a very fun card to make. I do like the layout and I can accept the Just Jade circle!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this quick and easy Christmas card,
Wanda